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June 27, 2013 6:43 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Enough with my carping about the Gang of Eight bill! Give the Senate a hand for what is likely to be a short-lived triumph!

Here are some final items of the day:

* Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy tweets “sad day for our nation” reaction to DOMA demise, then deletes it. Guess the public relations department got to him in a panic.

* Baucus and Hatch open the bidding for “tax reform;” some long nights ahead, probably for nothing, on K Street.

* White House compiling list of potential successors to Ben Bernanke. I hope ability to say nothing at press conferences is one of the vetting points.

* At Ten Miles Square, Sarah Binder revisits 2006 extension of Voting Rights Act.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer examines Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion in Fisher.

And in non-political news:

* Dow now cresting upwards on better economic news. Go figure.

To close the day, in a tribute to Rand Paul’s “joke” about bestiality, here’s Talking Heads performing “Animals” in Germany in 1980.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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